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Taft Broadcasting

Knowledge Identifier: &Taft_Broadcasting


Taft Broadcasting

American media conglomerate based in Cincinnati, Ohio add

Category: Business (17)

Founded in 1939.

Countries: United States (79%), Ohio (8%), Australia (4%)

Main connections: Hanna-Barbera, Filmways, Spelling Television

Linked to: CBS, CBS Corporation, Fox Broadcasting Company, News Corporation




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The Taft family's involvement in broadcasting began in 1939 as "'Radio Cincinnati, Inc."', when the "Cincinnati Times-Star" purchased WKRC radio from CBS add something


"Broadcasting - Broadcast Advertising", September 1, 1939, pg add something


In April 1949 Taft's first TV station, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati begins broadcasting add something


In 1951, in its first expansion outside Ohio, Radio Cincinnati acquires a 20 percent interest in WBIR-AM-FM in Knoxville, Tennessee from father-and-son owners J. Lindsay and Gilmore Nunn add something


"Broadcasting - Telecasting", September 17, 1951, pg add something


In 1953, Radio Cincinnati purchases WTVN-TV in Columbus, Ohio, from Picture-Waves, Inc., controlled by Toledo attorney and broadcaster Edward Lamb add something


"Broadcasting", January 19, 1953, pg add something


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In 1954, the company buys WHKC radio in Columbus from United Broadcasting, then-owners of WHK in Cleveland; WHKC is renamed WTVN add something


"Broadcasting - Telecasting", April 19, 1954, pg add something


In August 1956 WBIR-TV in Knoxville begins broadcasting, under the same ownership structure as the WBIR radio stations add something


In 1957, Radio Cincinnati purchased WBRC-AM-FM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama, from Storer Broadcasting add something


In 1958, the "Cincinnati Times-Star" is merged into the "Cincinnati Post", published by the E.W. Scripps Company add something


In 1959, the company acquires the remaining 70 percent of WBIR-AM-FM-TV in Knoxville add something


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In 1960 Taft launches WTVN-FM in Columbus add something


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In 1963, Taft purchases several stations from Transcontinent Television Corporation: WDAF-AM-FM-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, WGR-AM-FM-TV in Buffalo, New York, and WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania add something


"Broadcasting", October 31, 1966, pg add something


In 1967, Taft purchased the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio from its founders, Joseph Barbera, William Hanna and George Sidney add something


Columbia Pictures - Screen Gems would distribute until 1967, when Hanna-Barbera was sold to Taft Broadcasting


"Broadcasting", May 1, 1967, pg add something


In 1969, Taft purchased WIBF-TV in Philadelphia and changes its call letters to WTAF-TV add something


"Broadcasting", May 12, 1969, pg add something


In 1970, Taft forms Rhodes Productions, a television syndication arm for various independent TV programs, including those of Hanna-Barbera add something


In 1972, Taft opened its first theme park, Kings Island, outside of Cincinnati add something


"Broadcasting", January 24, 1972, pg add something


United Artists - This is because co-producer QM Productions gained control of ancillary rights and all rights were sold to ABC films, that company became Worldvision Enterprises in 1973, which in turn was sold to Taft Broadcasting in 1979, which in turn sold it to Spelling Entertainment in 1988, which in turn ended up as part of CBS Television Studios


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In 1974, Taft acquired Top 40 station KQV and rock outlet WDVE, both in Pittsburgh, from ABC Radio add something


"Broadcasting", April 1, 1974, pg add something


In 1975, Rhodes Productions is sold to Filmways add something


Filmways - In May 1975, it bought television syndication firm Rhodes Productions from Taft Broadcasting


Ruby-Spears - The Ruby-Spears studio was purchased in 1978 by Filmways Television and was sold in late 1981 to Taft Broadcasting, becoming a sister company to Hanna-Barbera Productions


"Broadcasting", May 1, 1978, pg add something


In 1979, Taft purchased WDCA-TV in Washington, D.C. from the Superior Tube Company add something


Quinn Martin - In 1979, a group of investors purchased his wholly owned QM Productions and sold it subsequently to Taft Broadcasting


The company went through a huge reorganization period starting in the late 1980s with its acquisition by Carl Lindner, Jr. to become "'Great American Broadcasting"' add something


In 1981, Taft acquired Ruby-Spears Productions from Filmways add something


Filmways - In 1981, Ruby-Spears Productions was sold to Taft Broadcasting and Sears Point Raceway was sold to Speedway Motorsports


In 1982, KQV in Pittsburgh is sold to its general manager Robert W. Dickey and newspaper publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, under the "Calvary, Inc." banner add something


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In 1983, Taft exchanged WGR-TV in Buffalo to General Cinema Corporation's Coral Television subsidiary in return for WCIX in Miami add something


Southern Star Group - In 1983, James Hardie Industries and Hanna-Barbera corporate parent Taft Broadcasting reorganized the division as "'Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd."' In 1984, the company established a division in Los Angeles known as "'Southern Star Productions"', headed by Buzz Potamkin


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In October 1986, WTAF-TV in Philadelphia and WCIX in Miami become charter affiliates of the Fox Broadcasting Company add something


"Broadcasting", November 24, 1986, pg add something


Later in 1987 Cincinnati-based billionaire Carl Lindner, Jr., becomes Taft's majority stockholder in a hostile takeover and renames the company "'Great American Broadcasting"' following a major restructuring of its operations add something


Hanna-Barbera - Throughout all of this, both Hanna-Barbera and Ruby-Spears were affected by the financial troubles of their parent company, Taft Broadcasting, which had just been acquired by the American Financial Corporation in 1987 and had its name changed to "Great American Broadcasting" the following year


"Broadcasting", February 2, 1987, pg add something


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In 1988, Great American Broadcasting sold Worldvision to Aaron Spelling Productions add something


Spelling Television - In 1988, Aaron Spelling Productions acquired Laurel Entertainment and most of the Taft Entertainment Company, including Worldvision Enterprises, Inc. All three companies became part of Spelling Entertainment Inc. - though Worldvision was the only Taft division to continue operating


In 1991, Hanna-Barbera, along with much of the original Ruby-Spears library, is acquired by Turner Broadcasting, which becomes part of Time Warner in 1996 add something


In 1993, Great American filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and renamed to "'Citicasters Communications"' add something


Shortly after filing for bankruptcy in 1993, it became "'Citicasters"' and was in 1999, acquired by Clear Channel Communications add something


In 1994, Citicasters sold most of its TV stations, including WDAF-TV and KSAZ-TV to New World Communications, and WBRC and WGHP to the News Corporation's Fox Television Stations unit, which would later acquire the New World chain add something


In 1996, Citicasters, by the owner of owned and operated two television stations, five AM radio stations and 14 FM radio stations, merged with Jacor, which became a subsidiary of Citicasters add something


Also in 1997, Jacor sells WDAF-AM to Entercom Communications add something


In 1997, as a condition of the merger, Jacor sold WKRQ and the original WDAF-FM to American Radio Systems, which would become acquired by Infinity Broadcasting in 1998 add something


In 1997, the Worldvision properties that had previously been under Taft and Great American are incorporated into Republic Pictures add something


In 1999, Clear Channel Communications acquired Citicasters and Jacor add something